Do you want to study in XLRI Jamshedpur, SPJIMR Mumbai, XIM Bhubaneswar and IMT Ghaziabad? Prepare yourself for the XAT Exam. Go through the article given below and get detailed information on the eligibility criteria, syllabus, exam pattern etc.
- What is XAT Exam?
- Exam Date
- How to prepare for XAT?
- Exam Pattern
- How to Register for XAT Exam?
- Admit Card
- How to check XAT results?
- XAT FAQ's
What is XAT Exam?
Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) 2020 is a National Level MBA Entrance Test conducted by XLRI (Xavier Labour Relations Institute), Jamshedpur on behalf of XAMI (Xavier Associate Management Institute) for the admission into Post Graduate Management Programmes across B-Schools of Xavier's group and other major B-schools in India.
XAT exam will be conducted on January 5, 2020 in online mode. Over 75000 students are expected to appear for this exam and more than 150 institutes use XAT Score for admissions.
Registration for XAT has already been started from the August 23, 2019 and go on till November 30, 2019. Primary eligibility is that a candidate must have completed an undergraduate programme from any reputed institution.
XAT 2020 score will be accepted by XLRI Jamshedpur and other reputed business-schools across India for admission into MBA/PGDM programmes. Full Form of MBA is Master in Business Administration. However, most MBA colleges give a Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM).
This exam is conducted by Xavier School of Management, Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI) - Jamshedpur for admissions to MBA, PGDM in XLRI, other 10 associated colleges including XIMB, XIME, LIBA, which are under Xavier Associate Management Institutes (XAMI) group.
XAT is one of the oldest competitive examinations in the country that has always kept pace with the cutting edge testing methodology. Its score is being used by leading business schools for admissions, including the prestigious XLRI and other associated institutes.
Human Resource course in XLRI is considered to be one of the best HR course in Asia and is the Flagship programme of the college. XAT is conducted once in every year. It is usually conducted in the month of January. More than 70,000 students appear for XAT every year. Its syllabus includes Verbal and Logical Ability, Decision Making, Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation, and General Knowledge.
Cutoff for XAT exam is decided by the participating institutes every year. Applicants have to clear XAT Cut off 2020 set by the participating institutes to advance for the next rounds. International candidates can take GMAT and apply through GMAT scores as well for admission.
Now, let's take a look at all necessary details regarding the XAT 2020 exam which are listed out in table given below.
|Exam Name||Xavier Aptitude Test|
|Exam Type||National Level Screening Test (Post Graduate)|
|Organised By||XLRI Xavier School of Management|
|Examination Date||January 5, 2020|
|Mode of Examination||Online|
|Types of Question||Multiple Choice Questions(MCQ) with 5 options and one correct response|
|Marking Scheme||For Correct Answer (+1 Mark). For Wrong Answer (-0.25 Mark), more than 8 unattempted questions will result in deduction of 0.05 marks.|
|Exam Duration||180 Minutes|
|Exam Centres||72 cities|
|Eligibility||3 Years Bachelor's Degree (Minimum)|
|Percentile for Top B-School||95% or above|
|Exam Helpdesk No.||1800-267-4008 (Toll-Free)|
|Email Supportfirstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com|
|Official Address||XLRI Admission Office - C.H. Area (East) Jamshedpur - 831001, Jharkhand, India|
XAT 2020 Exam Dates
Candidates can prepare their study plan for XAT exam accordingly after referring to XAT 2020 Exam Dates. Examination authority i.e., XLRI has released all the dates of this exam. This exam is conducted only once a year and you can apply for it from on January 5, 2020.
Candidates are requested to stay tuned and wait for further updates. A candidate has to pay a late fee or penalty if he is applying after the last date. He/she can also lose the opportunity of giving the XAT exam if he wants to apply after the deadline. Check out the list of exam dates in the table below.
|Application Start Date||August 23, 2019|
|Application last date||November 30, 2019|
|Last Date to apply with Late Fee||December 7, 2019|
|Admit card date||December 20, 2019|
|Exam date||January 5, 2020|
|Result date||January 31, 2020|
|XAT Scorecard download window||January 31, 2020 to March 31, 2020|
XAT 2020 Eligibility
According to XAT 2020 eligibility criteria, the candidate must at least have a bachelor's degree from a recognised university, and the minimum duration of graduation should be for three years. Students who are in the final year of their graduation degree will also fall under the XAT eligibility provided they complete the degree by June 2020 (as mentioned by examination authority). There is no age restriction for XAT exam. Eligibility criteria for candidates are tabulated below.
|Age limit||No upper age limit|
|Educational qualification||Minimum 3 years of a Bachelor's Degree|
XAT 2020 Syllabus
Question paper is divided into five different sections until the year 2019 but for the XAT 2020, the essay writing section is taken out and is now remained with 4 subjects which include Data Interpretation & Quantitative Ability, Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning, Decision Making, General Knowledge (GK) as the last topic. A few changes are made to the XAT 2020 Syllabus this year.
For admission session starting 2020, it will have only one section which includes the above four subjects. XAT exam doesn't contain repetitive questions and it is to be noted that the syllabus for XAT exam and XLRI entrance exam are on and the same. Syllabus of General Knowledge is not confined to any topics, it depends on the recent activities happened which can be easily attempted if you follow news on a daily basis.
Marks attained in General Knowledge are not taken into consideration while calculating percentile however some of the institutes might check the marks obtained in this subject, it completely depends upon the institutes. While the other three subjects are taken into consideration for calculating percentile on which basis the ranks are allotted and admissions are done.
How to prepare for XAT 2020?
Is XAT Exam really that tough? No, it isn't. The best way to prepare yourself for this exam would be by working smart rather than working hard. As this exam is totally different from the other MBA exams. Given below are few tips for the candidates appearing for XAT 2020 exam to prepare for XAT 2020.
Be Focused and Stay Calm
Preparing for XAT Exam and clearing the exam would be a piece of cake if you prepare for the exam in a calm and focused manner. Try to keep it as simple as possible. Lack in either of them would pose a problem for you. Make sure that you never give up on yourself. This exam consists of a decision making section. One can answer those, only when his mind is calm and focused. It would help you come up with new ideas and tips on how to prepare.
Attempt only the ones you can solve
XAT exam has negative marking. You can not afford to make any wild guesses while answering. Make sure that you only attempt those questions whose answers you know and are sure of being correct. Here's where you should act wisely. You wouldn't want to lose any marks just because you answered a few questions wrong.
If one wants to excel in time management he/she has to undergo the rigorous practice. You can achieve this by taking at least 10-15 mock tests and solving previous year question papers. This would help you get familiarised with syllabus and exam pattern.
Take up some mock tests where you can judge yourself as to what is the time you are taking to solve the paper, in which section you are stuck for a longer period, what are models which you felt difficult to solve so on. It will also improve your ability in terms of reducing the time taken to solve the paper each time.
Previous Test Papers
Candidates can take a look of the previous question papers so that you will get an idea about the model or the type of the questions asked, the difficulty level in each section etc., from which the candidate can prepare a strategy to write the exam efficiently.
XAT 2020 Exam Pattern
XAT exam has four sections - Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning (VA & LR), Decision Making (DM), Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation (QA & DI) and General Knowledge (GK). Exam pattern had undergone a few major changes. Some of the major changes were the duration of the exam was reduced from 3.5 hours to 3 hours, the mode of the exam which was paper-based till 2018 was changed to online mode, the essay writing section has been omitted.
- Mode: XAT 2020 will be conducted online.
- Marking Scheme: Each correct answer fetches 1 mark and 0.25 mark is deducted for every wrong answer.
Below mentioned table contains XAT 2019 Exam Pattern. This year, the exam pattern has slightly changed. There will be a total of 99 questions comprising iof one mark each. Breakdown of constituent questions is given in the table.
|Subject||Number of Questions||Number of Marks|
|Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning (VA & LR)||26||26|
|Decision Making (DM)||21||21|
|Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation||27||27|
Note: Number of questions in XAT exam keep changing every year. Hence, keep in touch with the official website too for the first-hand information.
XAT 2020 Admit Card
XAT Admit Card will be released on December 20, 2019. Candidates can download the XAT admit card from the official website using their login credentials.
XAT admit card includes the name of the candidate, hall ticket number, examination centre, exam timings, reporting time, instructions. Candidates must go through the instructions mentioned in order to be aware of the do's and dont's and things which are restricted from bringing to the exam centre.
Candidates will be allowed to enter into the examination centre only if they carry their valid XAT 2020 Admit Card & photo ID proof with them, 2 photocopies of the admit card.
In case, a candidate finds any errors on the admit card regarding the spelling of the name, date of birth, registration number as shown in the application form, he/she is advised to immediately report to the helpline.
How to download the XAT Admit Card?
Procedure to download and save the admit card is given below.
- Candidate should visit the official website.
- Upon reaching the webpage, you have to log in to your account with your credentials namely your user ID and password given to you at the time of XAT registration.
- After logging in you have to click on "Download Admit Card option" and your download will start. You must take 2 copies of print out of your admit card.
XAT 2020 Application Form
XAT application form will be available on the official website on August 23, 2019 for which the last date would be on November 30, 2019. It should be filled only through online mode i.e., Credit card, Debit card or Net Banking. Any delay in filling the application beyond the last date mentioned would request the candidate to pay the penalty or late fees of INR 300/- with existing application fee of INR 1700/-
For the students who are opting for any of the programs conducted by XLRI needs to pay INR 300/- each for the programs. Fee details can be seen in the following table.
|Mode of Application||Online|
|Registration Fee without late fee||INR 1700/-|
|Fee per programme without being late||INR 300/-|
|Registration Fee with late fee||INR 2000/-|
|Fee per programme in the late registration window||INR 500/-|
|Fee for Indian candidate only for GMP through GMAT||INR 2500/-|
|Fee for NRI/Foreign candidates for one or more programmes||INR 5000/-|
- Candidates can apply for more than one programme in a single XAT application but the candidate has to pay separately for every programme he or she chooses. And also candidates can take a printout of XAT application form for future use.
- Candidates should note that if the applicant wants to apply for other XAT associated institutes leaving XLRI then, they should apply separately for attaining admission.
How to register for XAT 2020?
Application process for XAT 2020 starts from the August 23, 2019 and will last till November 30, 2019. Follow the steps given below to complete the XAT 2020 registration process successfully.
- Visit xatonline.in, choose the tab "New Registration" and enter Name, Date of Birth, Contact details and E-mail-id.
- A system generated XAT login ID and password will be communicated to the candidate through Email/SMS.
- Students should note down XAT ID and password for future communication.
- After registering, the candidate should fill personal details and other educational background details. Finally, the candidate should upload necessary documents (as per given specifications).
- At last, you will need to pay the fees and your application will be completed and would be ready to be considered for your candidature.
XAT 2020 Exam Centres
XAT (Xavier Aptitude Test) is a national-level management entrance test conducted by XLRI Jamshedpur. Exam centres for conduction XAT 2020 are located all over India. There were no XAT exam centres located outside India previously. XAT was conducted in two international cities, Dubai and Kathmandu previously.
On the whole, XAT will be conducted in the following cities of India:
Agra, Ahmedabad, Allahabad, Ambala, Amravati, Amritsar, Bengaluru, Berhampur, Bhatinda, Bhilai Nagar, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Bokaro Steel City, Chandigarh/Mohali, Chennai, Coimbatore, Cuttack, Dehradun, Delhi-NCR, Dhanbad, Dibrugarh, Durgapur/Asansol, Ernakulam, Gandhinagar, Goa, Gorakhpur, Guwahati, Gwalior, Hooghly, Hubballi (Hubli), Hyderabad, Indore, Jabalpur, Jaipur, Jammu, Jamshedpur, Kannur, Kanpur, Kolkata, Kota, Kottayam, Kurnool, Kurukshetra, Lucknow, Ludhiana, Madurai, Mangalore, Mumbai, Mysuru(Mysore), Nagpur, Nashik, Patna, Pune, Raipur, Rajahmundry, Ranchi, Roorkee, Rourkela, Sambalpur, Siliguri, Surat, Thiruvananthapuram, Tiruchirappalli, Tirupathi, Tiruvallur, Udaipur, Udupi, Vadodara, Varanasi, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam and Warangal.
You will be given the opportunity to choose your preferred test centre at the time of XAT registration. However, out of the given choices, only one centre will be allotted to you. The candidates can check the exam centre which will be mentioned in the XAT Admit Card.
XAT 2020 Results
Registered candidates can download the scorecard from XAT official website by logging with their credentials. XAT admit card includes the sectional scores, sectional percentile, overall score, overall percentile, the validity of the score card and the candidate details as mentioned in the application form.
How to check XAT results?
Enter registration number and date of birth to access your XAT 2020 Results. Candidate will be provided with XAT User ID and password using which they can log in to the official exam website and check their result.
XAT response sheets are generally released every year before the results. XAT 2020 response sheets can, therefore, be expected in the 2nd week of January.
XLRI 2020 Cutoffs
XLRI Cut Off 2020 is decided on the basis of the number of applicants, the difficulty of the paper, the number of seats in participating colleges. In order to be eligible to sit in next rounds, the candidate has to qualify cut off score. The cut-off varies from one institute to the other.
Cutoff for the year 2019 is tabulated below. The cutoff for the year 2020 will be almost the same. Although, the expected 2020 cutoff will be published shortly.
For PGDM (BM)
|Gender||Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning (VALR)||Decison Making (DM)||Quantitative Aptitude (QA)||Overall|
For PGDM (HRM)
|Gender||Decision Making (DM)||Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning (VALR)||Quantitative Abilty (QA)||Overall|
XLRI 2020 Selection Criteria
Candidate may apply for more than one programs. Candidates applying for more than one program might be invited for multiple interviews and also for Group Discussions (GD). Criteria for selection of candidates will be vary from program to program. While preparing, the short-listed candidates for the interview diverse academic background might have an advantage and the relevant work experience will be also considered as an edge over the others.
Besides performance in the personal interviews, XLRI also consider XAT performance, relevant work experience, academic background, extracurricular activities while preparing the final list.
Documents Required: Shortlisted candidates have to carry all original documents at the time of XAT 2020 Counselling. These are cross verified against the forms filled by the candidates.
XAT 2020 Notification
XAT 2020 will be a single session exam. It will be conducted on January 5, 2020 in the time slot, 09:30 AM to 12:30 PM. This exam would be conducted across 72 cities in India. XAT 2020 MBA Entrance Exam results will be released on January 31, 2020.
- Candidate can apply for XAT exam 2020 on the official website.
- XAT 2020 registration form can be filled until August 23, 2019. Admit card for XAT exam will be issued from December 20, 2019.
- Candidates can apply for the exam even after the application deadline has been passed, by paying the late fee.
For any kind of queries related to the exam, feel free to contact the below.
- Address: XLRI Xavier School of Management, Circuit House Area (East), Jamshedpur 831001
- Ph no: 0657-665-3203/04/05
- Fax: 0657-665-3200/2227814
- Visit: www.xatonline.in/www.xlri.ac.in
- Toll-Free no: 1800-267-4008
Q. Is XAT tougher than CAT?
Ans. XAT is obviously tougher than CAT because it contains an extra section called Decisional Making where the candidate skill are tested and the Quantitative Aptitude of XAT has more complexity than CAT.
Q. What is XAT Exam?
Ans. XAT Exam is a national level entrance test conducted by XLRI Jamshedpur for those candidates who aspire to pursue MBA or PGDM programme from XLRI or other associated XAT institutes.
Q. What is a good score in XAT?
Ans. According to the analysis made, it was found out that if a candidate can attain 85 percentile in XAT, he/she can get a reputed institute to study in. A candidate has to make sure that he/she doesn't invite negative marking.
Q. Is XAT conducted online?
Ans. Yes, XLRI has changed the mode of examination to online from the past 2 years.
Q. What should be done if there is a lot of delay in opening the page?
Ans. The delay in accessing the page could be because of the busy server when many number of candidates try to access the page at the same time or due to the internet connectivity issues. It would be helpful if you are trying to reach again after 15 minutes or try again during the late hours.
Q. How will I get to know if my application is registered or not?
Ans. After clicking on the submit button a XAT ID will be generated and is displayed on the screen which means that your registration is successful. The candidates should make sure that they note down the generated XAT ID as it is required for taking the print of application form as well as to download the XAT admit card.
Q. I have not received any email regarding the registration for XAT Exam?
Ans. The registration mails are automatically generated and sent to the mail id of the candidates provided in the application form. It is the responsibility of the candidate to make sure that they provide the correct email id.
Q. I am pursuing my final year of graduation, what should I mention in percentage column?
Ans. You can calculate the aggregate percentage of marks obtained till date and can enter them.